Wayne County recently received $5,072 to supplement its emergency food and shelter programs.
The county was selected by a national board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and comprised of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.
A local board made up of county agencies and representatives was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
The board will determine how the funds are distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies. It is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies selected to receive funds must be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and have a voluntary board, if they are a private voluntary organization. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Wayne County previously distributed emergency food and shelter funds with Home Meal Service Inc., Newark Emmanuel United Methodist Church and Wayne County Action Program Inc. These agencies were responsible for providing aggregate meals, emergency meals and rent/utility assistance for county residents in need.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for funds can download an application form online. Applications are due at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1. The local board will decide allocations at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 at Wayne County Action Program Inc., 159 Montezuma St., Lyons. All interested parties are welcome to attend.
Visit waynecap.org for information.